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    Cost of repairs. (mine)

    Picked up my 99 STS Friday after it had been in the shop for a week.

    Breakdown of what they did

    Motor Mount $583.47
    Both sway bar links-$93.36
    Fuel Filter-$72.62
    drive Belt-$142.22
    AC belt- included in Drive belt replacement
    Oil level sensor-$118.00 (I'm not sure about this one. I looked at it a month ago and it wasn't leaking and it did work) Oh well I'll eat that one.

    Crank sensor-$80.00
    Plugs-$205.00
    windshield washer pump-$95.00 (IIRC)
    Some other sensor I don't remember-$68.70
    Tensioner (AC Belt)-$148.00



    I'm not unhappy, I looked around here to see what some of the prices for these things are and they were pretty close. Some of this I could have done but I'm in the middle of redoing my wife's, notice I said wife's, laundry room. So as long as she does laundry I need to make it a pleasant experience if that's possible. So I'm time limited right now.

    I am mainly posting this so people in the future can look up to see what I paid if they want an estimate of the cost of these type repairs.

    My sensors were leaking and it appears that fixed the leaks. And the clunk/knock was cured by replacing the sway bar links. They also said I had a pin hole in one of my CV boots but I elected not to repair until it actually needs repaired and they said I could use some new struts.

    They gave me a $2,700.00 estimate for them so I'm holding off. I may go with passive struts, whether I do or not I will do that repair myself so I may go with OEM replacements. I can get them for 600 bucks for the front. Not too bad I don't think.

    They also gave me an estimate of $150.00 for a coolant flush I'm planning. They also said my oil pan was seeping, not leaking. I did tighten it as best I could a few months ago.

    To be honest that windshield washer pump was worth 1500 bucks to me, it's a real pain not to have one.

    There it is, I hope this helps someone in the future.

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    Re: Cost of repairs. (mine)

    For the coolant, just drain and re-fill, you can do that yourself. the oil pan is going to be expensive, the engine and Transmission have to be removed from the bottom on the cradle and you might as well reseal the entire block while it's out if ya do decide to get it repaired

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    Re: Cost of repairs. (mine)

    Yep, I'm waiting for that repair to become a necessity and then I will most likely have all the gaskets done at that time. I plan on keeping this car, if all goes well, until I retire in 7 years and then I'll reevaluate.

    I did ask for future reference what it would cost to do a HG replacement and he said around 3K. So if and when that becomes an issue I will do the whole enchilada.

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    Re: Cost of repairs. (mine)

    I'm near Columbia also, What was the name of the shop that did the work for you?

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    Ur car is 14yr old and you plan to keep it for at least 7more years? Both my wife and car will be gone sooner than that.
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    Re: Cost of repairs. (mine)

    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredSFC 97 View Post
    Crank sensor-$80.00
    I do hope you meant sensors (2).

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    Re: Cost of repairs. (mine)

    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredSFC 97 View Post
    Picked up my 99 STS Friday after it had been in the shop for a week.

    Breakdown of what they did

    Motor Mount $583.47
    Both sway bar links-$93.36
    Fuel Filter-$72.62
    drive Belt-$142.22
    AC belt- included in Drive belt replacement
    Oil level sensor-$118.00 (I'm not sure about this one. I looked at it a month ago and it wasn't leaking and it did work) Oh well I'll eat that one.

    Crank sensor-$80.00
    Plugs-$205.00
    windshield washer pump-$95.00 (IIRC)
    Some other sensor I don't remember-$68.70
    Tensioner (AC Belt)-$148.00



    I'm not unhappy, I looked around here to see what some of the prices for these things are and they were pretty close. Some of this I could have done but I'm in the middle of redoing my wife's, notice I said wife's, laundry room. So as long as she does laundry I need to make it a pleasant experience if that's possible. So I'm time limited right now.

    I am mainly posting this so people in the future can look up to see what I paid if they want an estimate of the cost of these type repairs.

    My sensors were leaking and it appears that fixed the leaks. And the clunk/knock was cured by replacing the sway bar links. They also said I had a pin hole in one of my CV boots but I elected not to repair until it actually needs repaired and they said I could use some new struts.

    They gave me a $2,700.00 estimate for them so I'm holding off. I may go with passive struts, whether I do or not I will do that repair myself so I may go with OEM replacements. I can get them for 600 bucks for the front. Not too bad I don't think.

    They also gave me an estimate of $150.00 for a coolant flush I'm planning. They also said my oil pan was seeping, not leaking. I did tighten it as best I could a few months ago.

    To be honest that windshield washer pump was worth 1500 bucks to me, it's a real pain not to have one.

    There it is, I hope this helps someone in the future.
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    all I can say at this time is WOW -
    they made BIG BUCKS off you -

    those prices are higher than Cadillac dealership prices -
    I hope they bought you a steak dinner with drinks afterwards -

    Motor Mount $583.47
    DEA A5235 - $62.86 -
    1.8 hours labor @ $100 per hour - $180 -
    TOTAL = $215 - overcharge $370
    ----------------------
    Both sway bar links-$93.36
    MOOG K5255 - $3.74 each - $7.48 -
    labor - 20 minutes - $35 -
    TOTAL = $43 - overcharge $53
    ----------------
    Fuel Filter-$72.62
    WIX 33311 - $10.63 -
    labor 20 minutes - $35 -
    TOTAL = $46 - overcharge $26
    ------------------
    drive Belt-$142.22
    assuming this is the accessory drive belt -
    DAYCO 5060815 - $22.91
    labor - 20 minutes - $35 -
    TOTAL - $58 - overcharge $84

    AC belt- included in Drive belt replacement
    there is only one accessory drive belt -
    it runs everything except the water pump -
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    Oil level sensor-$118.00
    FSL-63 - $28.82 -
    labor 10 minutes - $10 -
    TOTAL = $39 - overcharge $79
    ----------------------

    windshield washer pump-$95.00
    AC Delco 89001128 - $18.36
    labor - 20 minutes - $35
    TOTAL = $54 - overcharge $41
    ------------------------

    Tensioner (AC Belt)-$148.00
    GATES 38153 - $45.99
    labor - 40 minutes -
    LESS 20 minutes -
    already charged to install belt - $35
    TOTAL = $81 - overcharge $67
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    add that up - $720 - SO FAR -

    they said I could use some new struts.
    They gave me a $2,700.00 estimate for them

    ACDelco 580120 - $592.79
    ACDelco 580121 - $576.30 - $1169 -
    labor - 2 hours - $200 -
    TOTAL = $1369 - POTENTIAL overcharge $1331

    I may go with passive struts
    Monroe 71684 - $60 each = $120

    and for the rear shocks -
    the Monroe MA822 is the perfect match - $56.36 for the pair -
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    They also gave me an estimate of $150.00 for a coolant flush
    2 gallons coolant - $30
    labor - 20 minutes - $35 -
    TOTAL $65 - potential overcharge - $85
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    There it is, I hope this helps someone in the future.
    it certainly was an eye opener -
    you should post the name and location of the shop -
    sounds like a GREAT place to AVOID -

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    Re: Cost of repairs. (mine)

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    Quote Originally Posted by basscatt View Post
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    all I can say at this time is WOW -
    they made BIG BUCKS off you -

    those prices are higher than Cadillac dealership prices -
    I hope they bought you a steak dinner with drinks afterwards -

    Motor Mount $583.47
    DEA A5235 - $62.86 -
    1.8 hours labor @ $100 per hour - $180 -
    TOTAL = $215 - overcharge $370
    ----------------------
    Both sway bar links-$93.36
    MOOG K5255 - $3.74 each - $7.48 -
    labor - 20 minutes - $35 -
    TOTAL = $43 - overcharge $53
    ----------------
    Fuel Filter-$72.62
    WIX 33311 - $10.63 -
    labor 20 minutes - $35 -
    TOTAL = $46 - overcharge $26
    ------------------
    drive Belt-$142.22
    assuming this is the accessory drive belt -
    DAYCO 5060815 - $22.91
    labor - 20 minutes - $35 -
    TOTAL - $58 - overcharge $84

    AC belt- included in Drive belt replacement
    there is only one accessory drive belt -
    it runs everything except the water pump -
    ------------------
    Oil level sensor-$118.00
    FSL-63 - $28.82 -
    labor 10 minutes - $10 -
    TOTAL = $39 - overcharge $79
    ----------------------

    windshield washer pump-$95.00
    AC Delco 89001128 - $18.36
    labor - 20 minutes - $35
    TOTAL = $54 - overcharge $41
    ------------------------

    Tensioner (AC Belt)-$148.00
    GATES 38153 - $45.99
    labor - 40 minutes -
    LESS 20 minutes -
    already charged to install belt - $35
    TOTAL = $81 - overcharge $67
    --------------
    add that up - $720 - SO FAR -

    they said I could use some new struts.
    They gave me a $2,700.00 estimate for them

    ACDelco 580120 - $592.79
    ACDelco 580121 - $576.30 - $1169 -
    labor - 2 hours - $200 -
    TOTAL = $1369 - POTENTIAL overcharge $1331

    I may go with passive struts
    Monroe 71684 - $60 each = $120

    and for the rear shocks -
    the Monroe MA822 is the perfect match - $56.36 for the pair -
    -----------------

    They also gave me an estimate of $150.00 for a coolant flush
    2 gallons coolant - $30
    labor - 20 minutes - $35 -
    TOTAL $65 - potential overcharge - $85
    ---------------------

    There it is, I hope this helps someone in the future.
    it certainly was an eye opener -
    you should post the name and location of the shop -
    sounds like a GREAT place to AVOID -
    Where are you getting your prices? I was just quoted 750 bucks at the local cadillac dealer for just the motor mount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger View Post
    I do hope you meant sensors (2).
    Yes there were two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 00V8 View Post
    I'm near Columbia also, What was the name of the shop that did the work for you?
    I took it to Woody'd on Ninth street. Never used them before but that shop has ben in business since 1957 and it was sold to the original owners step son IIRC, then he sold it to one of his mechanics who started with him when he just got out of school. So far I haven't been surprised at anything so if something changes I will update the thread

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    Re: Cost of repairs. (mine)

    Uh... when you go to the shop, they will charge you book time (if theyfinish it faster, that's just more profit for them- but the actual labor time is NOT passed down to the customer), and generally there is a 1 hour minimum if you car touches the rack. No professional garage is going to put links on your car in 20 minutes and charge you $35, nor are they going to let you go without some markup on parts (and not on bargaincarparts.com or similar). Professional garages are regular businesses that exist for profit, and they can do so because they offer a convenience - hence they can charge what they do. While your quotes sound about average, Spazcatt's above suggested prices are moronic. Ignore them.

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    Many of these projects are simple DIY jobs that you can simply do it yourself and save a lot of money, assuming that you have some minimum experience. For example, windshield washer pump is a very very simple DIY job that even my mom should be able to do it.
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    Re: Cost of repairs. (mine)

    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredSFC 97 View Post
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    Where are you getting your prices? I was just quoted 750 bucks at the local cadillac dealer for just the motor mount.

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    Yes there were two.

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    I took it to Woody'd on Ninth street. Never used them before but that shop has ben in business since 1957 and it was sold to the original owners step son IIRC, then he sold it to one of his mechanics who started with him when he just got out of school. So far I haven't been surprised at anything so if something changes I will update the thread
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    Where are you getting your prices?
    I was just quoted 750 bucks at the local cadillac dealer
    for just the motor mount.



    as a matter of fact -
    I am looking at a repair receipt right in front of me -
    it is for the replacement of the front motor mount -

    this work was performed on my 2003 SLS -
    by a professional independent repair shop - in Illinois -

    PARK AUTOMOTIVE in Lake Villa to be precise -

    that happens to do a lot of work on Cadillacs -
    but services all makes and models -

    the receipt is dated 1/11/12 -

    I supplied the part - that I purchased through Auto Parts Express -
    I paid $62.86 - including the shipping -

    the shop charged me 1.8 hours of labor -
    and their labor rate at that time was $68 per hour - $122.40

    so the motor mount cost me $185.26 - INSTALLED -

    and if ANYONE would need PROOF -
    I would be happy to scan and post the receipt -

    -----------------
    the labor prices I posted are REAL-WORLD times - not book-time -
    and YES drew -
    I realize most shops use book-time to base some of their labor on -
    I did this for over 35 years -


    PLEASE excuse drew - he is a troll -
    check out his profile - he lists TROLLING as his only "interest" -
    he just likes to follow knowledgeable people around to nit-pick -
    and find fault with anything/everything he can -
    you'll just to learn to ignore HIS MORONIC comments -
    like MOST of us do -

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    Quote Originally Posted by stoveguyy View Post
    Ur car is 14yr old and you plan to keep it for at least 7more years? Both my wife and car will be gone sooner than that.
    Yes I am. I told my wife the other night if I told anyone I was planning on keeping this car until retired people would say I was nuts. I've had many cars in my life and after years of paying big bucks and selling or trading them and starting all over I'm finally tired of it. I have the two cars I like better than any car I've owned, this STS and a 99 FRC Corvette. I purposely looked for these two vehicles to buy when I bought them for this very reason. I also have a 97 Dodge Ram I've had since 98 and again, I hope it's the last truck I ever buy. That's what I said when I bought it.

    My wife always keeps a newer car like a Camry etc so all I need is a car to go to work, a play car and a truck. But I actually look at my STS as another toy actually.

    I don't know whether I got ripped at the repair shop. I thought I did my homework before I allowed them to service it and I was happy with the prices I paid. Around here it's hard to find someone who can work on a Caddy let alone know what they're doing. And yes I could have done a lot of this myself, but again, I'm way to busy right now to do it so I took it were I could get it done by people with a good reputation here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredSFC 97 View Post
    Yes I am. I told my wife the other night if I told anyone I was planning on keeping this car until retired people would say I was nuts. I've had many cars in my life and after years of paying big bucks and selling or trading them and starting all over I'm finally tired of it. I have the two cars I like better than any car I've owned, this STS and a 99 FRC Corvette. I purposely looked for these two vehicles to buy when I bought them for this very reason. I also have a 97 Dodge Ram I've had since 98 and again, I hope it's the last truck I ever buy. That's what I said when I bought it.

    My wife always keeps a newer car like a Camry etc so all I need is a car to go to work, a play car and a truck. But I actually look at my STS as another toy actually.

    I don't know whether I got ripped at the repair shop. I thought I did my homework before I allowed them to service it and I was happy with the prices I paid. Around here it's hard to find someone who can work on a Caddy let alone know what they're doing. And yes I could have done a lot of this myself, but again, I'm way to busy right now to do it so I took it were I could get it done by people with a good reputation here.

    if you are happy with the shop's work and happy with what you paid, that's it! There is no reason to argue! I think when someone is buying something or paying for a service, the personal satisfaction is much more important than how much others have paid for a similar product or service... But just for the case that a new member in future may read here to get some estimate on similiar jobs, I should write here that a group of these jobs are simple DIY jobs and also these repairs can be done at a lower cost if you shop around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredSFC 97 View Post
    I don't know whether I got ripped at the repair shop. I thought I did my homework before I allowed them to service it and I was happy with the prices I paid.
    And THAT my friend, is all that matters.
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    Talked to a guy selling a 94 or so broughm. Says he has 7000 in receipts. Turns out previous owner saved every bill and 7k is for 20yrs of driving. Cars looks great and he is asking 3500. It's white so it looks like a whale. I thought he had spent 7k recently but he said ad does not say that. Only 7k total.

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